Dog & Butterfly (album)

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Dog & Butterfly
Studio album by Heart
Released October 7, 1978
Recorded Sea-West Studios, Seattle, Washington,
Capitol Studios, Hollywood, California (strings), 1978
Genre Hard rock, folk rock
Length 39:43
Label Portrait
Producer Mike Flicker, Heart & Michael Fisher
Heart chronology
Magazine
(1978)
Dog & Butterfly
(1978)
Bebe le Strange
(1980)
Singles from Dog & Butterfly
  1. "Straight On" / "Lighter Touch"
    Released: October 1978
  2. "Dog & Butterfly" / "Mistral Wind"
    Released: March 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[4]
PopMatters (unfavorable)[5]

Dog & Butterfly is the fourth studio album by American rock band Heart, released on October 7, 1978 through Portrait Records. Heart rebounded from their legal dispute with Mushroom Records over the release of the platinum-selling Magazine in April 1978, as Dog & Butterfly was certified double platinum,[6] spent 36 weeks on the charts, and peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard 200.[7] The album was the 'proper' successor to 1977's hit Little Queen in terms of musical development and direction, and contained two hit singles: "Straight On", and "Dog & Butterfly".

As Heart themselves noted on the album's release, side 1 was the "Dog" side, and was the more "rocking" compared to the "Butterfly" side 2, which was all ballads, with the exception of the closer "Mistral Wind", which, in many ways, epitomized the trademark sound for which Heart would be remembered: folksy ballads shifting into searing hard rock explosions.

Though the first song on the album, "Cook with Fire", sounds like a live recording, it was actually recorded in the studio. Audience sounds were overdubbed on the studio recording from a live performance, although the liner notes say it was recorded live at The Centroplex Coliseum in Memphis, so this is debatable.

The album was reissued in a remastered edition in 2004 by Epic/Legacy and included three bonus tracks from this period. The song "Feels" was later reworked and became "Johnny Moon", included in the album Passionworks (1983).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sue Ennis, except where indicated. 

Side one - Dog
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Cook with Fire"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Roger Fisher, Howard Leese 4:59
2. "High Time"     3:24
3. "Hijinx"     3:33
4. "Straight On"     5:10
Side two - Butterfly
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Dog & Butterfly"     5:22
6. "Lighter Touch"     5:05
7. "Nada One"     5:22
8. "Mistral Wind"   A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Ennis, Fisher 6:45

Personnel[edit]

Heart[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Dick Adams - voice on track 1
  • Sue Ennis - fun machine on track 7
  • Frank DeCaro - strings conductor

Production[edit]

  • Mike Flicker - producer, engineer
  • Michael Fisher - producer
  • Rick Keefer, Armin Steiner – engineers
  • Thomas J Landon, Terry Gottlieb - assistant engineers
  • John Golden - mastering at Kendun Recorders

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1992 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[6]
Canada CRIA 1978 Platinum (+ 100,000)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "Heart - Dog & Butterfly review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Heart: Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ Swartley, Ariel (November 30, 1978). "Album reviews: Heart - Dog & Butterfly". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 5, 2008. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 372. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ Horning, Rob (9 August 2004). "Heart: Little Queen / Dog & Butterfly / Bebe Le Strange (reissue)". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable database: search for "Dog & Butterfly"". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Dog & Butterfly Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Saulnier, Jason (March 15, 2012). "Roger Fisher Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Heart – Dog & Butterfly (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 30, No. 19, February 03 1979". Library and Archives Canada. February 3, 1979. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  12. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 30, No. 13, December 23 1978". Library and Archives Canada. December 23, 1978. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Dog & Butterfly Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 30, No. 24, March 10 1979". Library and Archives Canada. March 10, 1979. Retrieved May 26, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Dog & Butterfly". Music Canada. Retrieved May 28, 2014.